- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Press (Fiction); First Edition, First Impression edition (7 May 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091927331
- ISBN-13: 978-0091927332
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.9 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 911,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Devil in Disguise Hardcover – 7 May 2009
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"Clary tells a very good story...funny and absolutely charming" (The Times)
"The comedian's debut novel sold by the bucketload, and this new one is even better - a darkly funny and deeply rude triumph" (Heat Magazine)
"Julian Clary combines crime and comedy in his outrageous new novel...brilliantly funny and touching" (Daily Mirror)
"The Devil In Disguise is a sheer delight from start to finish.
I blame Clary for the bags under my eyes and my mumbling late-night mantra of "just one more chapter"....it's Showgirls meets Queer As Folk meets Baby Jane. Wonderful." (Pink Paper)
"Absurd, funny and classic Clary... Clary is witty, derisive, awful, solemn, tender, camp and definitely memorable; Devil in Disguise is, in turn, all of these things, which is quite an achievement." (thetruthaboutbooks.com)
`The comedian's debut novel sold by the bucketload, and this new one is even better - a darkly funny and deeply rude triumph.'
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Top Customer Reviews
Even though there are characters that are somewhat grotesque in their own unique way, you can't help but feel empathy, anger or even pity for them. This novel really does show off JC's talent for making very different characters feel realistic and very 3-Dimensional, as well as his flair for storytelling.
The style of the novel is definately not as much sleaze-fest, or as in-your-face when it comes to sex compared to his previous work, as he is writing through they eyes of 2 very different people. However, this still retains his deliciously wicked sense of humour, and delivery of observations, no matter how subtle - He even manages to send himself up a little, which is a very nice touch!
Although this is a huge improvement on his first novel, and you can tell a lot more thought has gone into this - it doesn't feel quite there yet - there a couple of things that just need that little bit of tuning, in my opinion. If, like me, you read the synopsis just to know what you are buying, it almost gives the entire plot away (okay, the first 2 parts)! Unfortunately, like in Murder Most Fab, the final part of the story and conclusion, although satisfying, feels rushed - it could have been executed a little better.
That said, the above points do not take much enjoyment away from the novel - I was reading this until half 3 in the morning last night - I couldn't put it down until I had finished. I had to have my curiosity sated as to what price would anyone put on fame and success, and after all is said and done, what price can friends place on their own self redemption?
What can I say, a magnificent, emotional, bitchy, laugh out loud, tragic story of Molly and Simon and their rather hap hazard relationships, their alter egos: Genita L'Warts and Mia Delvard are incredibly well thought out and multi dimensional characters. I just love this book, it had me reading well into the night and I just could not put it down. Well done Julian, fantastic novel and i'm definitely going to read Murder Most Fab now!
Molly is the ultimate bubbly fag-hag and is cherished by the Clary narrative. Simon, her over-sexed homosexual best friend, on the other hand, is not a very sympathetic person at all and gets most of the dry one-liners, and cutting put-downs mostly associated with the man from Sticky Moments. It is very 'telling' how Simon finds himself on the comedy circuit and manages to launch himself into a stage career, based not only on being camp, but mostly by being extremely sarcastic/vile to the general public through the use of a persona, that makes the reader draw an uncomfortable parallel to the author. It brings a strange realization to the fore ; one, of course, likes Julian Clary (or else why buy the book?), but the Simon, who echos the presence of Julian on the page, is utterly revolting.
Thank goodness for the introduction of Lilia. The landlady with ambition, imagination, a rottweiler and an incredibly ruthless streak, whom brings a touch of the Arch-Villainess (a la Alexis Carrington-Colby from Dynasty)to play that really cements your fingers to the pages.
Without wishing to give too much away, it is the 'affair' between Molly's fiance, Daniel, and her BF Simon, which acts as the catalyst bringing about the pivotal actions in Devil in Disguise.Read more ›
Within the first few pages you are sucked into the character's worlds, and that for me is the books major triumph, as Julian is able to create his characters within the space of a few lines, and I'm sure I won't be alone in putting the faces of people I actually know to the people in the book!
The tale is told at a speedy pace, there isn't one page in this book where you think he's just trying to fill pages, in fact it could have done with being a lot longer to cover more of Mia's story, but maybe that's for the future.......
This novel would make a great film, it would be a very English film however, so maybe other territories wouldn't really get a lot of the humour, but it would be a visual treat.
Anyway, whether you want an entertaining easy read with good character development, or just another slice of sleaze Julian Clary style, you won't be disappointed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This so called story is absolute tripe. Julians's stand up was always a bit desperate but his fiction is beyond barrel scraping. Avoid!Published 8 months ago by K Lancaster
Julian Clary's books make me laugh at loud they are compulsive reading.Published 14 months ago by Katie Brooks
anything but a satisfying read - the story and the characters pall before you get halfway - i did finish it - don't waste your money.Published 15 months ago by Mr. P. E. Kale